T-Mobile Community Garden Network !

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Eligibility: Are you employed by T-Mobile or related to an employee of T-Mobile?

  • No

Eligibility: Date of Birth

March 20th 1997

Where are you located:

Manassas Park Virginia 20111 | Petersburg VA 23803

Website or social media url(s) (optional):

Facebook: Ja'Scotta Jefferson
Insta Gram: _colormesxott
Twitter: _ItsYaGirlJay

Date Started


Project Stage: Select the description below that best applies to your approach.

  • Start-Up (first few activities have happened)

1. Personal Journey: What’s the story behind why you decided to start this project? NOTE: All applications must include a 1 minute video that answers: “I am stepping up to make change because..."

I am a rising senior at Virginia State University, and “commitment to service: putting service over self” has always been the personal motto that I live by. As an active member in my community in Northern Va and the Petersburg community while I attend school, it is my desire to use my presence to assist with change. I am always available to lend a helping hand wherever I am needed. In researching,I discovered that the city that I have grown to call home, the city where my University is located is a food dessert. Learning this put my thoughts in action. Something must be done to eliminate this issue. This is a serious concern that contributes to a lot of the problems that are currently present in the city of Petersburg. Especially the health and wellness of those in the community. I will do my part to assist with eliminating this issue and bringing assistance to the city of Petersburg.

2. The Problem: What problem are you helping to solve?

I would like to eradicate the multiple problems that have arisen due to the current state of the city of Petersburg. Recognizing that the City of Petersburg is in a food dessert will allow others to become knowledgeable and hopefully willing to assist with changing the current status. Assistance from outside sources is needed to create this change. Community members have been dealing with various health outcome issues due to this dilemma.

3. Your Solution: How are you planning to solve this problem? Share your specific approach.

I would like to develop a community garden network within the city of Petersburg. Currently there are multiple community gardens in the city that are ran by various organizations. Unfortunately volunteers, resources, and funding is in short supply. My approach would be able to develop a T-Mobile Community garden network that will help solve some of these resource issues. I am very active on my campus as a student leader and my goal is to commit to this mission by asking others to put service over self. This includes the students, student organizations and faculty. As our first effort to make change I would like to connect the student body with local nonprofits to help progress the community of Petersburg. We are planning on being direct volunteers to help maintain and develop community gardens within the network. We also will encourage the adoption of the various gardens and encourage others in the community to do the same.

4. Example: Please walk us through a specific example of what happens when a person or group gets involved with your project.

Whenever someone comes on board they will be connected to service project immediately and we will put them right to work. There is an immediate need to help with the maintenance of the current community garden in place. They will help with watering, planting,weeding , garden maintenance, garden education,etc. We are also going to host community nights at the garden sites to encourage community members to help maintain the gardens and learn the various ways the garden can be used to enhance the community. We will have food, music, and demonstrations to show the various uses of the garden within the community and how the garden can be used in the home and school setting.

5. The X Factor: What is different about your project compared to other programs or solutions already out there?

I think that the biggest factor is that the scope of impact that this project has the potential to affect over the course of time. It is my belief that when people see better they do better. I am the X factor and so are all of the participants who will be donating their time and efforts to push the program forward. This is a community who needs so light and this project will give them that light. It will also start to change the generational dynamics of the families within the communities. Those participating will be exposed to better food options and eating habits.

6. Impact: How has your project made a difference so far?

So far I have been able to bring a few nonprofits to the table who share in this vision. As well as community members, students, and even some officials from the City of Petersburg. We had identified over 7 community gardens in the City of Petersburg. Some have raised bed plots, seating and one is looking to construct a greenhouse in a partnership with Petersburg H.S. Local teachers are finding creative ways to incorporate the garden into their curriculum as well. To date, there is collectively 5 acres of land that is either accessible or in current use for community gardens. The impact is starting to occur with those who have expressed their interest in participating & acknowledging that there are some major changes that can occur with the implementation of this project. We have planted the seed for healthy eating and are slowly changing minds about the importance of community health.

7. What’s Next: What are your ideas for taking your project to the next level?

The next level for me would be to open a local grocery store to provide healthy choice options to the food selection in the City of Petersburg. With it being accessible to the community regardless of transportation or financial issues. I would also like for it be an extension of the community garden network so people can buy at the grocery store or the garden . This can also be made possible with the use of tablets and creating a community garden that is also WiFi accessible to the public.

8. Future Support: What are the resources needed to make your vision a reality?

In order to make this happen we are going to need a few items. In particular a plow, shed, gardening tools, water hose, raised bed equipment, commercial refrigerator and freezer, wheelbarrows, mulch, seeds, yard signs, stepping stones, construction wood, and fencing. We could also use tablets at each garden site to keep a record of produce and sales/distribution.

9. Finances: If applicable, have you mobilized any of the following resources so far?

  • Friend support
  • Family support
  • Mentors/advisors

10. Ripple Effect: Please share some ideas of how you could partner with other changemakers or involve other young people as leaders in making a difference.

There are a few nonprofits that I have made connections with thus far; Think Then Choose Wisely, Restoration of Petersburg Community Development Corporation, Petersburg League of Urban Growers, Soul Ice Foundation, and Other partnerships such as Virginia State University, Petersburg Public Schools, and the City of Petersburg. By actively seeking organizations to partner with and then challenging those organizations to recruit other organizations, we can create partnerships that will extend beyond our community.

Help Us Support Diversity! Part 1 [optional] Which of the following categories do you identify with?

  • Black or African American (for example: African American, Jamaican, Haitian, Nigerian, Ethiopian, Somalian, etc) (8)

How did you hear about this challenge?

  • Social media

Evaluation results

43 evaluations so far

1. Overall evaluation

5 - This idea rocked my world. It’s awesome! - 76.7%

4 - This idea seems really exciting. With a little more polishing, it’d be among my favorites. - 16.3%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 4.7%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 2.3%

1 - It didn’t make my heart beat faster. - 0%

2. Changemaker Quality

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 83.7%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 7%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 9.3%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 0%

1 - This entry is weak here - 0%

3. Creativity

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 66.7%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 21.4%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 4.8%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 7.1%

1 - This entry is weak here - 0%

No Answer - 0%

4. Commitment

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 100%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 25.7%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 14.3%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 0%

1 - This entry is weak here - 0%

No Answer - 2.9%

5. Connection

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 81%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 16.7%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 2.4%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 0%

1 - This entry is weak here - 0%

No Answer or No Connection - 0%


Join the conversation:

Photo of Ariyan Miller

Hey There Fellow Changemaker,

Congrats on moving to the next phase. I wishing you the best of luck ! & I am sending love and light to all the positive things that you do.

Photo of Daniel Porter

Refreshing to see young people actively trying to make a change.

Photo of Emani Gray

Love this idea! Continue to work hard and stay focused.

Photo of Alasia walker

Beautiful idea Scotta, as a resident of Petersburg this touches my heart! If you need anything im here with a helping hand❤️

Photo of Ivi Mitchell

This is a wonderful idea and can very well be an eye opener to those in the community that have no clue about food desserts and the issues they cause. I love this Scotta keep up the good work sis

Photo of Daniel Egekwu

Wow, this is innovation and practicality at its finest the petersburg community can and certainly will benefit from this program! Can’t wait to see the impact when it’s complete.

Photo of Ty'ara Wooten

Continue to strive , great ideas! You got this����

Photo of Jahree Sosa

Go for it sis! This is a fantastic idea!

Photo of Da'Shunnda Hayward-White

I am super proud of you, Queen! We need innovators like you to keep our communities thriving. Keep up the good work!

Photo of Regina Michelle

Sounds like a great idea!!!! I’m all for it!

Photo of Kay

I strongly stand for this! I can wait!!

Photo of ItsManiBro

Great Idea ! Love it !

Photo of Brooke Thompson

Great video for a great cause. You have my support.

Photo of Briana Jeffcoat

You go girl!

Photo of Kristul Young

Ja'Scotta I appreciate the positive influence you've had on my life. Thank you for your concern and useful advice! I’ll be forever grateful. I am incredibly fortunate to have someone like you in my life. Everything you do with volunteer and helping out your community, spreading the word for other people can get out and help the community you are a blessing .

Photo of K'Risa Chesterfield

This is an excellent idea that will be great for the community! Thank you for your dedication to the place we call home.

Photo of Destinee Cooley

Loving the idea, keep up the great work!

Photo of Asha Armstrong

This is such a innovative and creative idea. I love how Ja'Scotta is such a forward thinker and always thinking about others. I am simply fond of this idea!

Photo of Tytiana Christmas

Very excited for this project.

Photo of Trina Jackson

Yess this is amazing ! What a blessing to have someone who dedicated in change and compassionate about our future .! This is awesome !

Photo of 5forA J

The benefits of having more nutrition rich foods readily available in our communities will make a difference currently and for the future. This is a much needed initiative that I personally feel should be in every community and school.

Photo of Keyashia Willis

Projects like these by people like Ja’Scotta is what keeps the world revolving. Giving back and serving others is ana amazing mission, but it does not surprise me that she wants this because she is full of bright ideas. It is amazing to watch you glow, keep shining!

Photo of Keyondra Monique'

I’ve worked on a project like this I’m my Charlotte community and seen how great the impact was, I support Ja’Scotta in her efforts to do the same in the Petersburg community. Love it! All hands on deck!!

Photo of Michael Snipes Jr.

It is aspiring to hear someone with such passion to help the community, especially a community that directly effects them. I am looking forward to seeing how big of an impact this continues to make on the Petersburg community!

Photo of Caroline E

Wow this is great!!!

Photo of matthew bellamy

Firsts things first I love the service of self motto . I believe it’s a great opportunity for the community and what it needs most . I feel it a great way the community can come together in unity and bond and by doing so Inspire other community gardeners as well as Petersburgs to get them to lead by example in having service over self To make a change in there community’.

Photo of Lydia Johnson

Jascotta girl!! You have come a long way!!! I am so proud of you and all your accomplishments..KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK. -Red❤️

Photo of Safiatou Diallo

This is a great opportunity that will support the community gardens in the City of Petersburg and ultimately provide fresh produce to the residents in this community. You have my full support!!!

Photo of Kara Rutland

I love all of your ideas! You have my full support ��

Photo of Malik Wiggins

Perfect idea !

Photo of Joelle Henry

Great idea. I support you 100%

Photo of Adrian Washington

Brilliant idea, I’m excited to see this come into fruition!!!

Photo of Maurice Grant

I support the idea and I’m behind you 100% .

Photo of James

Exceptional idea. The best way to ensure that change will occur is to be the facilitator of that change. The community will definitely be a better place and will hopefully appreciate your brilliant mind.

Photo of Nuekellar

You’re always working to make us better. Thank you!
Keep doing great things.

Photo of Sidney Cornick

love this idea! I believe this is what Petersburg needs. It will be helpful and effective, i am a virgina state university student who who know resides in Petersburg. I 100% support this idea.

Photo of Nana Kwadwo

Once again Ja ‘ Scotta, you are out doing yourself ����

Photo of Julexus Cappell

Amazing! But nothing new, as Ja’Scotta has ALWAYS been the kind of selfless, caring aware individual to fill shoes like this. Much love!

Photo of Bethlehem Admasu

This is an amazing idea. I think this idea will be very beneficial for the community.

Photo of Ja'Lisa Jefferson

Very excited to see this project come to life soon! Hopefully it can inspire others and expand to different cities and have a global impact!

Photo of Freddie James

This is truly amazing. I definitely support this!

Photo of Julio Zelaya

This is an amazing idea! I'm all for it.

Photo of Isaac Connie

This is fantastic. Great for the community. I love it

Photo of Meesha Renee

I am so here this. You defiantly have my support with this amazing Avenue.

Photo of Tyler Piersch

This is awesome!! A great ideaand really should happen

Photo of Adrienne E. Sledge

This is the type of action that is not only needed in Petersburg but in various cities & towns! This project will be the start of something groundbreaking!

Photo of Steven

AWESOME!!! This is a great idea and being a member of the neighboring area will bring forth a positive change that is necessary.

Photo of Cameron Cooper

Very good idea! Love how this idea would directly impact her community. Keep up the good work Ja’Scotta!

Photo of Mario Campbell

Very exceptional and innovative idea, I really appreciate seeing things like this especially when it reminds me that there are still good people in this messed up world ACTUALLY striving hard trying to make a change, Jascotta J for Pres! ������������

Photo of Romitta

This is an exciting and different project. I personally believe success will breed in this project.

Photo of Christopher Ralph

WOW! This is really great!!

Photo of SharmIc Person

This is amazing. I’m so happy you’re dedicated in making Petersburg great. You have all my support!

Photo of Sheevah Amen

I love this idea and I love your dedication. I hope to see this come to fruition! We need to promote health in Petersburg. We only have like a food lion and a Walmart the next city over and the produce sections in both places don’t have wonderful selection. I support you wholeheartedly!

Photo of kienna morris

You have my support queen ❤️ All great ideas

Photo of John Fuchs

I really love this. I am happy to give you' all of my support!

Photo of Ivy

I love your drive and attitude towards your new project! If you don’t like the way something is going don’t just complain about it, change it.

Photo of Shahid Hinton

Very well thought out and put together idea. I’m excited to be able to witness such greatness

Photo of Ja'Neese Jefferson

I love this idea! I believe it will really be helpful and effective, coming from a student who resides in Petersburg most of the year. You have my complete support!!

Photo of Meil Wright

I love the idea. You have my support!

Photo of Jamila Callaway

This is really amazing I love this idea what an amazing platform! You are really going to impact your community in a positive way.

Photo of Tajai Greene

This is an amazing idea, glad to see you're trying to change Petersburg for the better!!

Photo of Francisco Hidalgo

Amazing Idea !!!!!! I support it 100%!!!!

Photo of Demmetri Smith

Awesome Idea! This is exactly what the City of Petersburg needs! Thank you for this.

Photo of abdulbari ali

I think this is very creative,way to be in sync with the community. I love it!

Photo of Deborah Brown

Awesome job.......keep up the good work!!!

Photo of Hampton Craig

Great idea! Way to make a difference!

Photo of Gwen Williams Dandridge

Wow! this is a great idea and a much needed initiative. Great job JaScotta.

Photo of Nijah Blackstock

Great idea!!!

Photo of Jeven Epps

I love this idea I’m here for it.

Photo of Michelle Trimiew

This is one of the best ideas..come John let’s help feed a Community

Photo of Armani Simmons

Wow! Your selfless mentality is going to take you very far. You are making a very strong impact on the communities in which you serve! Please feel free to reach out! I would love to help with this project.

Photo of Joshua Nelson

This is great lets make it happened . its sad that we have to drive so far for food

Photo of Michelle Trimiew

Love this idea, I live InPetersburg it will be nice to have healthy food choices to feed our families.

Photo of Natan Mckenzie

This is great! Petersburg is in serious need of support and help. With health outcomes being a major factor in the stagnation of the community’s development. Can’t wait to be a part of this!